Applications from current Ed.D. doctoral students are open now: due April 25
In 2012, we were delighted to announce that the Spencer Foundation has granted HGSE four years’ support to develop a Program to train early career researchers in civic engagement and civic education. Selected doctoral students are part of a vibrant research community, through workshops and internships, and two courses. There is financial support for scholarships, travel and research expenses. The Dean’s office has also generously contributed funds. The Program builds on our existing highly successful Civic and Moral Education Initiative colloquia and seminars, which will continue to provide a public face and forum for the wider community. Currently there are ten Scholars who joined the Program in 2012 and seven who joined in 2013.
What are the criteria for selection?
We are seeking outstanding students with a strong interest in researching civic education, civic action or civic empowerment, broadly defined. We want students who are comfortable in a research community that crosses disciplines. We welcome students planning to work on any topic that will contribute to understanding civic engagement, civic education, policy and practice.
We expect selected students to remain committed to the Program for several years, at least through QP stage and possibly in their Dissertation work, enabling intellectual, professional and personal growth.
Scholars In The News
The New Civics Early Career Scholars Program is designed to train doctoral students for research in civic engagement and civic education. Generously funded by the Spencer Foundation, it will equip researchers to contribute to developing ‘New Civics’, a broader, more realistic view of civic engagement. What motivates and empowers such action – and also what inhibits it? Where does it fit in young people’s lives, and into social and political capital? We need this work to create effective civic education programs, to harness young people’s civic energies, and to address alienation and disempowerment. We need a definition of ‘civic participation’ that encompasses what young people actually do in the public domain.
What we hope to achieve:
- A cohort of researchers who are well trained for developing research, policy and practice in New Civics
- A community of scholars who together will move forward, elaborate and disseminate a definition of New Civics that informs public and policy, as well as scholarly thinking about civic engagement.
- A framework for developing effective civic education, nationally and internationally, within and outside school, that promotes empowered young citizens
- A body of research from students, faculty and practitioners that significantly progresses civic-related theory, methodology and application across disciplines.
The Early Career Scholars’ Program is run by Helen Haste, Robert Selman, Meira Levinson and Howard Gardner, with coordinator Julia Higdon.